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Walk up Ysgyryd Fawr

By Dave Roberts   

on August 31, 2018    No ratings yet.

Walk up Ysgyryd Fawr

Further Details

Route Summary:

Short walk to “The Skirrid” – a short hill with an extensive view on the edges of the Brecon Beacon’s National Park

Route Start Location: Near Llanddewi Skirrid - B4521 Car Park at SO 328 163

4.62 km 307 m 2 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Easy Moderate Walk

Summits and Places on this Route


None, but Y Fenni (Abergavenny) isn’t too far away and all facilities can be found there.


Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Parking : SO 328 163

Ample parking at start, but it is paid for.

Public Transport:


Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps


Walk up Ysgyryd Fawr Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

Download file for GPS

Walk up Ysgyryd Fawr

The hill of Ysgyryd Fawr (anglicised to Skirrid) is an outlying peak of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons and has a clearly recognisable profile that it owes to historic land slips. The name derives from ysgwyd – which means to shake or shiver in Welsh and probably as due to it’s propensity to land slides. Ysgyryd Fawr has been in National Trust ownership since 1939 as are the nearby summits of Y Fal and Blorenge.

It’s also known as the Holy Mountain, and on the summit you’ll see the ruins of St Michael’s Chapel. It may also have gained the name from a legend that the landslip happened during the Crucifixion.

The walk starts off through ancient forests and flanks the hill to eventually ascend to the summit from the north. The views from the lowly 486m high summit are extensive and stretch from the Brecon Beacons in one direction and into England towards the Mendips, Gloucestershire and Somerset in the other. The walk returns along Ysgyryd Fawr’s summit ridge and back to the start.

Walk up Ysgyryd Fawr Route Description

The Full Route can be seen at this link.

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.
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